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tennis-insomniac
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:12 AM
a great match, lots of good tennis especially from Zvonareva :worship:

Safarova was such a fighter and BTW I think it is a good call from Alison Lang

Women's tennis at its best :)

Vartan
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:12 AM
Last few points :worship:! Vera almost got robbed.

azinna
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:13 AM
Incredible defense from Vera. Wow.

Hashim.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:13 AM
:fiery:

MH0861
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:13 AM
What a TB :lol:

saul1333
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:13 AM
Great last point to show her great def..good stuff Vera

M.P
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
that line call :tape:

Vera :yeah:

great battle :yeah: lucie :hug:

roelc
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
nice moonballing :rolleyes:

lucie really deserved to win that TB

Wiggly
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
I like Vera a lot but as a #2, you should have the confidence to do much more than pushing the ball in the T.

Djezonfly
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
Nice pushing from Vera :help: She totally refused to even try to hit a winner in that 2nd set. Glad she won though.

And once again she kissed her opponent at the net :lol:

Slampova
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
Lucie :sobbing:

You fought well in the second though :sobbing:

Congrats Vera...

Sefo
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
Lucie top 10 tennis once again.
Amazing 31 shots rally at 8-8.

Ferg
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
Story of Lucies career really.

goldenlox
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
That was one of the closest sets I've seen. Without hawkeye, they would be going 3 now

Juju Nostalgique
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
Nice win Vera! :yeah: :hatoff: :aparty:

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 AM
from being in total control and moving Lucie about, should have won the 2nd 6-2 with chances she had at start of set
Vera got passive and started to push more and more and let Lucie in
still Vera should have served it out if not 1st time, then 2nd time.

got away with a 3rd set here Bepa PHEW :smash:

Noctis
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:15 AM
Lucie Almost got that 2nd set
Good Job Vera for sticking in there and closing it out

Iveta/Nastya next she going to defend hard again in R16

Singleniacki
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:15 AM
EPIC tiebreak :bowdown:
Vera :worship:
Lucie :hug: Respect for the handshake under the circumstances :awww::hug:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:15 AM
That was an awesome TB :worship: What a tough call at 9 all. But i guess it was pretty much a winner. I would still like to see a replay to be 100% sure :lol:

Vera :yeah:

Lucie :hug: Nice fight :)

Blu€
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:15 AM
Vera's moonballing in the tie break was :lol: . Good rallies. Tough luck Lucie :hug:

#kArLoS#
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:15 AM
Thank God,should have finished earlier but almost blew it :scared:

Mana
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:15 AM
Bepa! Well done :)

fouc
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:15 AM
FUCKYEAH :eek: The level of some rallies in TB reached the all-time level easily :worship:

And I'm glad I'm not a Safarova fan - she wasn't even that brainless most of a time, but if she had just looked what's going on there (esp. at 5-4) at the other side of the court, she would make it SO much easier for herself. Too bad.

Raz0r
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:15 AM
Epic tiebreak! Glad Vera prevailed.

Alison Lang rocks :rocker: That overrule she made at 5-5, 0-0... just wow.

Sean.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:16 AM
Urgh, this was awful from Vera. So passive! She practically crawled over the line.

:lol: At the looks Sergey was getting, he's in for some shit now!

:hug: Lucie, she played much better at the end.

Vera's definitely going to have to step it up!

sammy01
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:16 AM
if lucie had a brain she would be dangerous.

vera went into ultimate pusher mode in that tie break, including several moonballs.

nevetssllim
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:16 AM
Lucie. :sad: :hug: But I really enjoyed that match nonetheless. The tiebreak was really difficult to call (until Lucie lost her concentration with Lang and the challenge).

Andreas
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:16 AM
Lucie couldn't handle Vera's moonballing :o No one can, though. That's why she wins so many matches.

Vee Williams
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:17 AM
I like Vera a lot but as a #2, you should have the confidence to do much more than pushing the ball in the T.

This. It is strange when one player's outcome depends on the other's errors.
Nonetheless, solid match from Vera.

Wintermute
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:17 AM
:bounce: Go Vera!

Very tough match and so close with the Hawkeye call in the penultimate point and Alison Lang saying Lucie had no play on the ball.

Zojirushi
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:17 AM
Good match for both girls. Lucie's forehand is awesome:)

TuxedoSlam
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:17 AM
Some great rallies towards the end of the match. Very entertaining. Well played from Safarova, she totally went for it. Zvonareva had to dig deep to win this one.

VIKA?
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:18 AM
Lucie:o

Sally Todd
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:18 AM
Story of Lucies career really.

True, but I have more faith than I used to in Lucie as a consistent player instead of a purely streaky one.

She can still go from brilliant to tragic in the course of two points, but she has definitely improved aspects of her game.

It was her serve that let her down today, though obviously she was going for more on it.

Some terrific points, and a crazy tiebreak.

Petkorazzi
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:18 AM
I just saw the final tie-break, and BOY IT WAS WORTH IT. :worship:

With Zvonareva, I am unimpressed yet very impressed. Her game is still rusty, and her movement too, I especially hated her horrible pushing towards the end, but still, she defended amazingly and she looked so calm and composed even when Lucie saved all those match points. :eek: :eek: I thought she would go crazy when Lang told her the ball was called out, but she stayed calm and just said she wanted to challenge. :)

Lucie... She's never looked better. her shots and serve lacked a bit of pop, but she fought great as usual. If only she had a reliable backhand, she would be so much higher ranked.

TS
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:18 AM
Death by moonballs :sobbing:

Lucie is such a frustrating player to support. She will forever remain a top 35 player unless she learns how to play percentage tennis. She played much better in the latter stages of the match though.

Great match though. Vera's going to be hard to beat with that crazy defensive game.

Dado90
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:18 AM
what a tie-break!!:bounce::hearts:wonderful!

Lucie:hug:today if you would be a little bit focused, for Bepa would have been very difficult to win...but...

Bepa:ohow can she be n.2:confused:why WTA functioning in this way?
today she has ONLY played defending, and put on the other side of the net the ball...I think and hope she will be beated in OT or QF...

.Andrew.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:18 AM
Very enjoyable, high quality second set. :yeah: Vera's point by point focus :yeah: Old Vera would've cracked under this pressure. :lol: Speed and anticipation goes without saying, is incredible. So many times Safarova was in winning positions but ultimately pressed. When Vera turns defense into offense, it's beautiful to watch. Fitting the match ended due to Vera's defense.

Lucie fought so well and really played a great second set. :hug:

edificio
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:19 AM
A little freeze up from Vera, but she takes it. I enjoyed Lucie's fighting spirit, too.

claypova
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:19 AM
it was a good match, the tiebreak was too much for me :sobbing::sobbing: it was so intense, and both were painting the lines on teh crucial points :scared:

BlackPanther.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:20 AM
Nice match by both, Lucie was so good in second set, she was blasting winners (24 :eek:) and Vera's defense was superb. In the tiebreak Lucie deserved to win, she kinda distracted after that line call.
I wanted a third set at that level. :p

Sharapovian
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:22 AM
Congrats Vera!

Lucie :hug: heard about the choking.

Miranda
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:22 AM
:kiss::hearts: vera or Caro to win the title

Justin
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:23 AM
Lucie missed way too many "gimmies" in the match but failing to put away the volley down match point was just awful.

Saying that, the worst part of the match was Allison Lang telling Vera, "the linesman called the ball out" without Vera even asking. Um, bitch, you are the umpire. If you think the call was missed, overrule the fucking call. Don't force a player to use a challenge b/c you are too much of a pussy. It was fucked. She overruled on other points in the match. Why was that point in the TB different?

Jane Lane
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:23 AM
Bepa :cheer: Tough match, glad she's through!
Lucie :hug:

Srex
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:23 AM
very good match. congrats to vera.

njnetswill
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:24 AM
Lucie is capable of hitting some GOAT winners. She just needs to be a little more consistent to become a top 20 player.

Wintermute
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:27 AM
Saying that, the worst part of the match was Allison Lang telling Vera, "the linesman called the ball out" without Vera even asking. Um, bitch, you are the umpire. If you think the call was missed, overrule the fucking call.
Wonder if Alison is still getting used to her new glasses! You'd think she had a pretty good view of that line.

streag
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:29 AM
Well done Bepa!
Unlike Lucie she was able to employ different tactics when her pacy shots percentage dropped, throwing in some moonballs and slices. And it wasn't possible for Bepa to always hit hard considering the way Lucie played. Should have used more low-bouncing slices though as they seemed to provoke more errors from Lucie.

BepaMaria
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:29 AM
Too much pushing by Bepa in this match. She would have lost if the match went to a 3rd, so luckily she won that tense breaker and took it in straights.

n1_and_uh_noone
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:29 AM
Wow! Really impressed with Vera, great play with nice variety: loopers, great drives, excellent serves and volleys. Slice is something of a floater but it still gives her openings in rallies. She was clever in seeing that Lucie was belting the ball towards the end, so mixed up the pace and defended magnificently. I think I have a new fave for the title. Hopefully she keeps it together.

claypova
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:01 AM
Lucie missed way too many "gimmies" in the match but failing to put away the volley down match point was just awful.

Saying that, the worst part of the match was Allison Lang telling Vera, "the linesman called the ball out" without Vera even asking. Um, bitch, you are the umpire. If you think the call was missed, overrule the fucking call. Don't force a player to use a challenge b/c you are too much of a pussy. It was fucked. She overruled on other points in the match. Why was that point in the TB different?

no .. Vera hit the ball and she thought it was a winner, but it was called out. Vera didn't hear the linesman saying 'out' so she thought she had the point. Alison Lang said '10-9 (9-8 or whatever) Safarova'. Vera turned around shocked, and Alison Lang said the ball was out, as it was the original call from the linesman.

Petkorazzi
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:06 AM
Indeed. Vera fistpumped after that point, and just walked to get ready for the next point, she had not heard the linesman call it out.

delicatecutter
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:08 AM
So mad at Martina being forced to Americanize Lucie's name. God help someone wanting to teach people how to prounounce names correctly. :o

Vera is not long for this tournament with that passive play. It was smart against Queen Bojana and she got away with it against Lucie but someone is going to make her pay sooner or later.

Roookie
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:15 AM
Lucie :sobbing:. She played so good in the second set. Vera as usual pushing and pushing. Disgusting.

Pops Maellard
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:16 AM
Lucie couldn't handle Vera's moonballing :o No one can, though. That's why she wins so many matches.

So says a Wozniacki fan. :weirdo:

claypova
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:18 AM
:spit:

akephon35695
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:00 AM
Vera just hang in there with percentage tennnis that's all she need to do when Lucie dictate point very well

Keadz
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:16 AM
Annoyed at Vera being so passive at important stages of the match today, really left that second set in Lucie's hands....but holy shit her defense is incredible. Seriously, she has gotten even faser over the break because she is getting back balls that she really shouldn't.

Keep it up Vera :) Gotten through some tough matches this tournament.

Ralph214
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:39 AM
Amazing tiebreak! Good job Vera :cheer:

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:38 AM
Bepa :cheer:
Lucie :hug:

Daniel
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:53 AM
Well done Vera :clap2:

Belmont Lad
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:22 AM
Good job Bepa. :)

Super Dave
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:29 AM
Phew! :yeah:

kittyking
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:46 AM
Match of the tournament so far :worship:

Sp!ffy
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:53 AM
^ No way. One tiebreak doesnt account for a whole match. :lol:

The Goerges-Sharapova match was better.

Sally Todd
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:59 AM
Watching Pennetta-Peer right now, it's a shame someone had to lose this match.

It's true that Vera's defense has gotten even sharper, she turned one backhand save into a winner in a way that reminded me of Nadal.

Sally Todd
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:01 AM
Most of the second set was great. Lucie is so aimless consolidating breaks though.

AnDrEi.b
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:09 AM
Expected win from Vera

fouc
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:10 AM
can someone upload the tie-break on youtube?

smarties
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:26 PM
disgusting moonballing from Vera; I thought I was watching a junior play;the only thing missing was the hissy fit:rolleyes:

gmak
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:26 PM
Bepa :yeah: :D :)
nicely done

now reach QF :rocker:

goldenlox
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:37 PM
Vera might have to beat 3 Czech lefties to get to Kim.
Safarova, Benesova, then Kvitova

tennis-insomniac
Jan 23rd, 2011, 12:54 AM
Vera might have to beat 3 Czech lefties to get to Kim.
Safarova, Benesova, then Kvitova

Kvitova will beat her :rocker:

AnomyBC
Jan 23rd, 2011, 01:53 AM
I love how the news ticker at the bottom of the screen on Tennis Channel kept showing Safarova's name as "Jucie" Safarova :lol:

DeliriousPotato
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:34 AM
I tried to make an african voodoo dance so that Safarova would win.
SAFA SAFA SAFA SAFA SAFAROHVAH-UH-AH-OH.

BlueTrees
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:57 AM
Lucie :tears:

rucolo
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:46 AM
Good win, Vera!:D:yeah:

Lucie :hug:

Hope Vera plays her best tennis in R4 vs Benesova.

if lucie had a brain she would be dangerous.


Exactly. Lucie is way too up and down.:sobbing:


vera went into ultimate pusher mode in that tie break, including several moonballs.

That`s one of Vera`s problems. She has to play aggressive!:(

Sean.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 12:26 PM
I love how the news ticker at the bottom of the screen on Tennis Channel kept showing Safarova's name as "Jucie" Safarova :lol:

:haha:

fouc
Jan 23rd, 2011, 12:47 PM
I need those highlights guys :sad: